This week’s tot school was farm animal themed again! We worked on some Montessori inspired printables that I made up (go to the end of the post to get your own!), and really tried to reinforce some new words like chicken and pig.
On a side note, the photos below show Russian text on the activities I printed as that is the language we are using at home, but all of the printables I am offering for download are available in English.
We worked on Matching some Montessori three part cards, that I didn’t cut up into three parts. For now, I just identified what each animal was and then asked him to help me match them. The Toddler worked on learning not only what each animal is called, but also the sounds they make. He is much better at the latter, but we’re getting there.
We also used this wooden puzzle to talk about different animals, the sounds they make, and get a little bit of fine motor work in.
The Toddler can put these types of puzzles together within minutes, so the puzzle itself wasn’t very exciting. Screaming out ‘BAAAAH’ or ‘Moooooo!’ when I pointed to each animal was, however, very entertaining for him.
I gave the Toddler a marker and let him have a go at following the lines. Again, all he wanted to do was imitate the sounds they make. Works for me! Learning is most definitely still taking place!
We worked on laying out the corresponding quantity of corn kernels into each chickens’ baskets. I did this for the Toddler, and asked him to help me count. He really enjoyed this… for a few minutes.
We also counted sheep using this simple printable. The Toddler is absolutely obsessed with sheep at the moment, hence the numbered sheep below:
He loved it for all of three seconds, as well.
We moved on to sorting horses and cows. Rather, I sorted, while explaining the sound each animal made, what it looks like, the name of it, etc. The Toddler was amused and even sorted 1 cow and 1 horse. Woo hoo! Progress!
Sensory and Practical life
This was (as always) the favourite. He returned to this activity multiple times during the week.
He was also intrigued by our counting printables so we combined it into one activity and practiced counting and pouring.
We spent a lot of time outside, exploring the animals in the neighbourhood (cows, chickens, 1 horse, sheep, and lots of ducks). The Toddler would wake up every morning and after breakfast, would run to the front door, and ask me to go out and about.
Most mornings involved loads of rain so we had many a disagreements about when to go out as I was crazy enough to not want to get soaked, and preferred to wait until the rain cleared in the afternoon. I won, by the way, but the Toddler was not happy about it.
Arts and crafts
We necessarily had to have a snack while using some awesome triangular colored pencils. He wasn’t as in to the drawing as much as talking about the colors and holding each pencil, putting it back into the tupperware container they live in, putting the lid on, taking them out again, and repeat.
I also got out some foam paper and animal stickers that the Toddler enjoyed sticking onto the foam, and then putting back onto the paper they came on.
Yet again, screamed out the sounds that cows and sheep make while playing with the stickers. At least he whispered the sounds that chickens and ducks make. I don’t really understand why he thinks that sheep sounds must be shouted, but he has yet to actually say ‘Baah’ in an inside voice.
We actually worked on this a little while ago, but I was saving it to show with our other farm themed activities. I got out some feathers, a glue stick, and printed off a chicken. I tried to get the Toddler to glue to the feathers onto the paper, but he wasn’t having it. He found it far more interesting to put the cap on and off the glue stick, and after successfully gluing a few feathers down, was done with it.
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page. Also, be sure to visit my first farm themed tot school
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